Phoenix Mayor Gallego calls for meeting to discuss police oversight

By on June 27, 2019 0 981Views

Mayor Kate Gallego scheduled a public safety policy meeting for July 2 in the wake of the recent police arrest video that went viral earlier this month. On June 18, the city of Phoenix held a town hall meeting at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church where 2,600 people attended to voice their concerns about the increase in police shootings and violence in Phoenix.

Following the town hall meeting, Gallego promised to come back within 30 days to address the community concerns. 

Suggestions made by community members include creating a civilian review board where members of the community will review incidents involving police officers who did not follow policy and officers involved in shootings. 

The Mayor’s office announced that Gallego plans to address the issue at the July 2 policy meeting. The council will also hear from Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams, who will give an update on her action plan in response to the communities concerns. 

Items listed on the agenda include a request to issue procurement for early intervention system and a request to issue procurement for a public opinion research firm. Staff also plans to present civilian review board options. 

The July 2 policy meeting will be held at the regular time, 2:30 p.m., at the City Council Chambers. The agenda will be posted by Thursday, June 27.